Kennel Hands provide routine care for dogs, including feeding, exercising, monitoring their health, and cleaning kennels.

    You can work as a Kennel Hand without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Tasks

    • Bathes, cuts, combs, blow-dry's and styles pets' coats, clips their nails and cleans their ears.
    • Inspects, prepares, cleans, disinfects and maintains comfortable cages and enclosures.
    • Transports food, fills water troughs and feeds animals according to their individual needs.
    • Maintains animal health records, treats minor injuries and reports serious conditions to veterinarians.
    • Exercises and plays with animals, answers visitor questions and transfers animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them.
    • Dusts and sprays insecticides on animals and immerses them in insecticide baths to control insect pests.

    All Animal Attendants and Trainers

    • $986 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Kennel Hands

    • 1,200 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 28% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 28 years Average age
    • 75% female Gender Share

    This is an emerging occupation, included in the Australian Census for the first time in 2016

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Kennel Hands work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (28%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 28 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (42%).
    • Gender: 75% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services64.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services13.3
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.0
    Arts and Recreation Services7.3
    Other Industries7.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateKennel HandsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.331.6
    VIC25.825.6
    QLD18.620.0
    SA5.27.0
    WA14.810.8
    TAS3.22.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT1.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketKennel HandsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1920.9-5.05.0
    20-2421.3-9.39.3
    25-3415.5-22.922.9
    35-4411.6-22.022.0
    45-5413.8-21.621.6
    55-595.1-9.09.0
    60-645.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationKennel HandsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV20.6-21.121.1
    Year 1227.7-18.118.1
    Year 1111.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below25.6-12.512.5

    You can work as a Kennel Hand without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Animal Care and Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Animal Attendants and Trainers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    1. Customer and Personal Service

      52% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English Language

      38% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Mechanical

      35% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Education and Training

      34% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Biology

      33% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

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    2. Telephone

      89% Important

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    3. Contact With Others

      88% Important

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    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      86% Important

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    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      85% Important

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